Cody Garbrandt has been a stalwart in the UFC’s Bantamweight division for the past five years, dating back to the Jan. 3, 2015 UFC 182 undercard on FS1.
That night, in the card’s penultimate prelim, the then-5-0 Garbrandt made good in his UFC promotional debut, stopping Marcus Brimage (third-round knockout) with just 10 seconds remaining on the clock.
Since then, Garbrandt has posted a 5-3 mark in the UFC—but has fallen on hard times of late—as his last three fights have all resulted in defeat.
Garbrandt formerly held the UFC’s Bantamweight championship for ten months, before losing it to TJ Dillashaw in November of 2017 (second-round TKO) in UFC 217’s co-main attraction on pay-per-view.
Garbrandt and Dillashaw fought again during UFC 227’s headliner less than two years ago, with TJ Dillashaw retaining the championship (first-round TKO) on PPV.
Most recently, he was scheduled to fight against Raphael Assuncao during the co-main event of Mar. 28’s UFC on ESPN 8 in Columbus, OH inside Nationwide Arena—but Garbrandt withdrew from the show (kidney issues) earlier in March.
UFC on ESPN 8 was later canceled entirely due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, this after being moved from Columbus to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas in the wake of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s ban on mass gatherings in the state in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Garbrandt has since fully healed and has expressed interest in rescheduling the canceled fight vs. Assuncao when the UFC is back to a normal schedule.
In a Sunday article by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Cody Garbrandt was quoted as saying the following:
“I walk around at 145 pounds. I’m strong, fast, and I can keep that at 25. That’s the plan. Me and Ali (Abdelaziz) spoke about doing this. First, we were focused on Raphael and that’s still the fight to make—then go down and really save the flyweight division.”
Back in November of 2018, reports first began circulating that the UFC was planning on abolishing its 125-lb. weight class, with the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 1 the following January being the deciding factor as to if the division would survive.
Ultimately, the UFC’s plan to scrub the Flyweight division never came to pass.
Henry Cejudo, the UFC’s most recent Flyweight champion, didn’t mince words with Garbrandt on social media over the weekend, saying, in part:
“Nowhere to hide!”
Regardless of what happens and when it happens, fans of mixed martial arts can bet that it will assuredly be interesting to see.
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